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Old 01-04-2013, 03:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Picking up a board for the wife

I'm looking to grab a board for the spousal unit. She has learned over the past two years on crappy rental gear, and to my surprise, never found a dominate foot and rides switch frequently. I was thinking of grabbing her a twin board that is fairly flexy and forgiving. She doesn't like speed, and tends to just cruise around.

I had my eye on the NS pandora, but I don't know if that's the best board for her. Any other suggestions?

Also, she's 5'3, 115, size 7 shoe. Since we're on the east coast and don't ever get to ride pow, would there be any problem with shortening up and going with a 143-145cm board?

Thanks in advance.
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Old 01-04-2013, 03:34 PM   #2 (permalink)
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the yes basic is a good playful board with a true twin shape.
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Old 01-04-2013, 06:18 PM   #3 (permalink)
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The Roxy Ollie Pop is so fun (rocker/camber hybrid with magnetraction...really nice for the east coast.) The Niche Minx is fun, lightweight and has lots of pop (flat camber). Arbor's Cadence is another great all around board (parabolic rocker also with grip tech which is Arbor's version of magnetraction.) That size range should be perfectly fine given her size and these are all true twins. Whatever you get for her will be worlds better than the rental stuff she is riding!
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Old 01-04-2013, 06:58 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Gnu B-Nice is another one with magnetraction.

I'm your wife's height and weight with a size 4 boot and I'm on a 146cm NS Pandora. It's my first season so I don't really know what to look for in a board but it's very forgiving and easier to turn than the smaller rentals I was on. It's also more stable than I would have thought a freestyle board would be (though I'm not exactly tearing down the mountain).
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Old 01-04-2013, 07:05 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Can also check out the Rossignol Diva Magetk. I got one for my wife for ice coast riding (md/pa). Bites in really well on hardback since it has Magnetraction and hybrid rocker/camber/rock shape. Not true twin though.
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Old 01-04-2013, 07:27 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I would also second the Arbor Cadence. It's a great board and it's rather light weight. Grip Tech for Arbor is kind of a milder Magnetraction I suppose.

I have an NS Infinity, not a Pandora, but I can say that NS boards are pretty awesome as well. NS boards are a bit on the heavy side, but if your wife is ok with that, it rides awesome, is damp and really durable.

My main complaint about GNU/Roxy/Mervin boards are that the metal edges don't cover the tips, so the tips can get scuffed up over time. But otherwise, the Roxy Ollie-Pop, and GNU's women's twin boards are probably good for the east coast.

Smokin licenses magnetraction from Mervin, and they make what seems like great snowboards, but I've never ridden any.
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The idea behind not wrapping the tip and tail is if you blow one out you can repair it, whereas if you have a wrapped edge, you're looking at replacing the whole edge which is not a small job. It also supposedly saves weight...not sure how relevant all of that is, but I don't think not having the tip and tail wrapped should be a deterrent.

Smokin is interesting...they make great boards in theory, and a lot of people like them...the tech is all there. But I rode a Vixen last year and thought I was going to kill myself on it. It was squirrely and grabby and washed out...it was basically a disaster, could not get it back fast enough. Could have been a really bad detuning job on the one I rode, but if you look toward the Vixen, check their weight charts...you might want to go a little bigger than you were thinking to get the stability your wife would probably want.

Kayeby mentioned the B-Nice. It's a great beginner board...rocker with mag. I know 90% rider, 10% equip. But if you want something that is just going to feel good and feel like you could confidently do whatever you want on it, you might want a little more board and a little less rocker than the B-Nice.
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Old 01-05-2013, 03:08 AM   #8 (permalink)
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143-145 is around the right size for 115 pounds, it also depends on the weight specs. I rode a 141cm twin tipped snowboard at 115 pounds. Park boards are meant to be ridden at short lengths.

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Shameless plug, but this one seems perfect for her. Right size, softer forgiving flex, and catchfree TBT shape to continue building up her speed/confidence: http://www.snowboardingforum.com/buy...46-womens.html
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Go with Ollie Pop rather than Diva or B-Pro if you want a softer more forgiving board. Pandora is a complete noodle you can literally fold it in half, not good for cruising. Unless you want to get her a strict park board don't get anything shorter than 145. She should do well with 145-146.
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